I should have made it clear, yesterday, that of course I have had governor training about pupil exclusions - several times in fact; probably 3 times in the 9 years I've been a high school governor. In addition, I read every update to the guide to the law. I do take it all seriously. This time, it was a very in-depth training day for headteachers and other staff, as well as local authority officials - a barrister delivered 85 pages-worth of information to about 80 of us, who probably represented 35 or more schools (few primary schools would need this training around here, but Middle and High schools do).
I saw several people I knew, including a headteacher who used to be our Deputy Head and the Head of one of our middle schools whom I work with regularly. I also, when signing in, noticed the name of a man who used to teach at our village school and left several years ago - I was chairman of governors at the time and gave him a reference. I'd always wondered how he got on as he'd left us for a school with various problems, which I seem to remember went into special measures soon after he arrived there. I gave him a very good reference but wondered if I'd been doing him a favour or not!
At the break we had a chat and I'm so glad that he's doing really well and is happy. He's now deputy head at that same school and has obviously found his niche. He had evident potential when I knew him, but there wasn't the scope for promotion at a little primary school. I think he found the challenge he needed and rose to it.
A very interesting day and, as I expected, our high school does all it's supposed to. I've got a few things to check though, to make sure we're up to date with, and I've got a lot to read up on. It's the sort of detail I'm fairly good with though and that I remember (or at least, remember where to find again).
Lowestoft was hazy. When I arrived home, I discovered that there's been bright sun all day and it's been hot. This was often the pattern when I lived there - a day or two of sunshine and then the sea mist rolled in. It needs a breeze to keep the clouds away.
This evening, I'm mostly making Summer Pudding.